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Spanish Goodness in Glen Waverley: Black Toro

The Black Toro.  My, oh my….  When I was first told that I was going to Glen Waverley to eat Spanish food, I was skeptical.   Very skeptical.  But it turned out to be pretty good!   The place was packed on a Monday night!   Service was good and prompt, and they went out of their way to cater for my pregnant friend (from ensuring she had a good seat to substitute ingredients).

Had to have the obligatory “grilled corn on the cob with chipotle mayonnaise & toasted masa“.  I find myself using this dish as the comparison dish to all other Mexican joints in Melbourne and it’s satisfactory.  The over supply of sauce meant that it was not as delicate as Mamasita.  The “potato and chorizo croquette with manchego foam” was good – fluffy and tasty.


The “mushroom taco with corn truffle, ricotta and chive” was my favourite dish of the night, closely followed by the “Wagyu beef slider with toasted brioche, pickled cucumber, cheese and ancho ketchup“.  The tacos had the right balance of ingredients and texture.  The sliders were great with nice buns.

Sliders and Mushroom tacos

Finished the meal with a “deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice cream & honeycomb“.   I liked that it was deconstructed, you could pick the perfect proportions of each component to suit your taste.

Chocolate honeycomb dessert

Glen Waverley, you have another awesome restaurant to add to your repertoire!  Good food, good service, lively atmosphere – all good!

For more info and reviews:
The Black Toro on Urbanspoon

Tickets, Barcelona

People, believe the hype.  Tickets is all that they say it is, which is totally amazing.   We booked 3 months in advance on the web before heading off (note to east coast Australians – the clock resets at 8am our time for the bookings).    The restaurant’s decor is whimsical, inviting and open.  The service was brilliant.  And the food was magnificent.

When in Spain, must eat jamon.  We had the thinly sliced salty “Joselito’s Gran Reserva iberian ham” with “the tomato bread” which was toasted and smeared with rich tomato goodness.

The “slices of tuna belly with it’s tartare, panceta and salmon roe” was delicate yet packed a punch.

These “miniairbags stuffed with manchego cheese” were like eating puffy clouds of cheese.  And the pearl on top were olive oil droplets!  When I first saw them I thought it was golden roe (!).

The chilled “avocado cannelloni with crab and romesco sauce” was a divine and delicately balanced dish.

This was my least favourite dish for the evening.  “Macerated prawns with soy and ginger” had prawns that were creamy in consistency (which is not my thing), but the sauce was delicious.

I have no idea how they made the “marinated fried fish” as the outer crust was so delicately crispy but the inside fish was perfectly moist and juicy.  Delicious.

The ““mollette” with double chin” was to die for.  It was like the greatest pork sandwich I’d ever had.  The consistency of the bread matched the juicy tasty pork to a tee.

This dish looks a bit rude, but the “confit potatoes with pork rib jus and boiled iberian ham” was great!  The potatoes had so much flavour in them!  Loved it!

Tasty “chicken skewer with shitake mushrooms” was great – juicy chicken and mushrooms grilled on a skewer.

Grilled lobster” was cooked perfectly and super tasty.  Came with a lemony dressing which enhanced the sweet chunks of lobster meat.

The “liquid ravioli of Payoyo cheese” was amazing!  It was like cheese in a cheese membrane which just exploded in your mouth.   The cheese was quite strong, like a mild blue flavour.   The toasted bread atop gave a nice crunch.

First dessert was the “pineapple with Maraschino cake and lime meringue“.  Cold sweet chunky pieces of pineapple mixed with cake and covered with a browned meringue.  Refreshing and light.

My boyfriends step dad is Catalan so we had to have the “Catalan creme roll“.  Sweet creamy filling with sweet crispy outer shell.

Last was the recommended “warm lava cake of “Turron de Jijona” with raspberry sorbet“.  As described, the cake was warm and once broken oozing with almost caramel like sauce.  The sorbet was a nice sharp contrast to the cake.

So we had a lot of food.   And it was delicious and quite the experience.  I was really bummed that we didn’t get the forest dessert (it was like a chocolate cake and other things made to look like a mini forest) and the mango sorbet which is served to you from an old school ice cream cart.  Guess I’ll have to go back for it!

Just in case it wasn’t obvious – I love this restaurant.

San Sebastian…. Greatest Hits!

Was in San Sebastian, Spain in September and had the greatest culinary adventures whilst walking the streets of the old town (Parte Vieja).  Every corner unveiled another narrow street with more pintxos (tapas) bars to visit.   This is my homage to the best little street out there (Calle 31 De Agosto), with the three places that we had to go back for over and over again.     Warning: google maps may fail you.  Another warning:  these places keep ridiculous hours.

First up is the cool and modern Fuegro Negro.  It’s pintxos with a twist here.  Modernised version of small food.  Twas so good!  The top thing to try here is definitely the “Mackobe with Txips” – a miniburger served in a tomato bun along with banana chips.  Insanely good.

Other dishes of note: “Pickled Pork with Frozen Mole” and the “Foie Snack“.  The surprise element of the frozen mole melting in your mouth with a piece of porky goodness is a winner.  The foie snack is for those that love foie gras – big serve of foie gras which has been caramalised on top, with lots of bread.

Next up, Bar Martinez.  A more traditional kind of place with no seats, a huge bar with lots of pintxos up on display, and grumpy old men behind the counter.   There are two things that you must have here.  First are the chicken skewers.  It’s not up on show, so you have to ask for it.   Marinated tasty chicken on a stick grilled to golden perfection.

The croquettes here may have been the yummies in the whole of Spain.   There are a few different varieties – cheese, chorizo, jamon, salted cod – and they are all excellent.  There is a fair amount of variety here for other pintxos, so go nuts!

This place has the greatest seared steak ever: Gandarias.  Again, it’s not on the menu, and the dudes in the shop don’t speak English… but you’ll get there.  It’s so good.  We had it 3x in 2 days.  It’s topped with grilled capsicum and sea salt.  Yum!  The tapas here are a bit more uppity then Bar Martinez (as can be seen from the pics below).

So that’s it.  All in one street, with plenty of other places around the corner.  There’s a nice little beach around the corner, so between the food and sunshine, it’s fantastic in San Sebastian!

Delightful Lunch at Movida Aqui

Right, this is my third Movida Aqui review.  I can’t help it, I love the food there!   Was here for a quick lunch with girlfriends.

The “Bocadillo de Calamares” (Calamari sandwich with Basque Guindilla and Mayonnaise) was delicious.

My old favourite the “Bomba” (Catalan Potato Bomb Filled with Chorizo) never disappoints.

We had the special of the day which was a gorgous fluffly “Crab Omelette“.

The “Carrillera de Buey”  (Slowly Braised Beef Cheek in Pedro Ximenez on Cauliflower Puree) is slow cooked perfection.

Yeah, I eat here a lot.  And that’s cause it’s fantastic!

For more info:
MoVida Aqui  on Urbanspoon

Movida Next Door

After a few drinks on a weeknight we ventured to Movida Next Door for a late dinner.  You’d think that one would not have to wait for a table at 9pm but we were hanging at the bar for 20 mins before getting a seat to eat.   Aside from that, dinner was marvellous!  Food, service and drinks were all perfect for a quick late dinner after a couple of drinks.

First up, we had the “Croqueta – Fried Croqueta of Hamon and Leek“.  It was soft and creamy on the inside, and crispy on the outside.  You could really taste the leek through the croquette.  Yum!

We then had something from the specials board  – which was “crumbed soft pulled pork“.  It was meaty goodness and similar to the croquette contained wonderfully soft tasty pork encased in a crunchy crispy outside.  Delicious!

My old favourite is the “Bomba – Chorizo Filled Catalan Potato Bomb with a Spicy Sauce“.  You can’t go wrong putting a salty spicy sausage inside mashed potato and deep frying it!  And topping these mouthfuls of delight is a yummy sauce.

The “grilled fresh prawns” were absolutely stunning.  Fresh, cooked perfectly and simply and tasty!

I’ve been on a cured meat rampage of late and therefore could not resist the “Embudito  – Selection of Spanish Small Goods“.   Salty, smokey, meaty, spicy and with varying consistencies…. all very good.  Especially with beer!

This dish was good, but after all the other fantastic ones, this one was the one I could have done without.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good, the other dishes are just better.  “Pollo – Chicken Skewer Grilled on Charcoal” – tasted like barbecued chicken!  Apologies for the photo below, we were already digging into it by then!

The last dish we had was outstanding.  It was another chalkboard special of “Grilled octopus“.  It came pretty as a picture and was served with potatoes and various sauces.  The octopus was grilled and cut into bite sized pieces along with the potato.  Yum!

As always, the Movida experience means that you’ll get tasty fresh Spanish food.  I’ve not once been disappointed and can’t wait to go again for a late dinner!

For more info and reviews:
MoVida Next Door on Urbanspoon